Columbia, S.C. – Gallery West, located at 118 State Street in West Columbia, will host a special exhibition from July 8 through August 31 focused on faces and figures. This eclectic show will feature art made in all media over the past three centuries.
Also featured will be new work by outstanding Columbia artist Pat Callahan. Everyone is welcome to attend a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the galleries on Tuesday,
July 8 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Among the many highlights in Body of Work is a small, elegant photograph by internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Weston. This intimate, wistful portrait of Weston’s friend, Mary Buff, is contrasted by a large, flashy oil on canvas by New York society portrait painter, Mabel Hatt. Hatt’s painting of Evelyn Siegel looks like a direct descendent of John Singer Sargent, and for good reason-Hatt’s father was a student of Sargent’s. More contemporary is a brightly-colored painting by well-known South Carolina artist Jonathan Green of a family enjoying the beach.
In addition to paintings and photographs, there are works on paper aplenty in Body of Work. Of note is a haunting etching by nationally-acclaimed printmaker and former head of the Yale University Art Department, William Bailey. A forceful graphic note is struck in Sigmund Abeles and his print of a mother and child. Among the most geometric works in the show is a large original print entitled, Builders, by renowned American artist Jacob Lawrence.
Side-by-side with these well-known artists will be paintings, photographs, prints, drawing and sculpture by artists of great talent waiting to be discovered. Gallery visitors will be charmed by a 1930s portrait of a young girl by Elsie Budd; an astonishing wood engraving by Alfred Tinayre; or the whimsical sculpture of Tom Soumalainen. A specialty of Gallery West is unearthing affordable treasures and spotlighting them in a friendly, welcoming environment. Several area artists are also featured in the exhibition, including Russell Jeffcoat, Philip Hultgren, and Bonnie Goldberg.
Columbians are already familiar with the sensitive and beautifully-crafted figure drawings by Pat Callahan. On view will be a selection of Pat’s work that showcase her refined viewpoint and poetic drafting skills. Callahan comes to art and to craft through graphic design. Perhaps to balance her computer-based career, Callahan draws a classical subject – the body – in traditional drawing media. She works from life, striving to capture beauty and strength embodied. With descriptive line and gesture she captures bodies of weight, ruled by gravity and time, yet exquisite nonetheless. If you haven’t yet discovered the art of Pat Callahan, there is no better time than now in Body of Work at Gallery West.
About Gallery West
Gallery West shares in Columbia’s creative life with art from around the world. From artisan-made jewelry and craft, to long lost paintings found in the attic, Gallery West specializes in the unique, offering beautiful objects for every budget. Whether shopping for the home, a holiday, or your own heartstrings, come and discover the antique or fine print you thought you would never see across the Congaree, at Gallery West.
General Info: 803.207-9265
Location: 118 State Street,West Columbia, South Carolina
Hours: Open five days a week –
Wednesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday,Friday,Saturday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Parking: Ample parking on State Street and behind the Gallery
Website: Under construction